Art Deco Weekend is a yearly celebration that celebrates Art Deco Design, the Art Deco District, and Miami Beach at large. On this weekend, Ocean Drive from 5th to 13th Streets is closed to traffic, allowing vendors to sell their wares, entertainment acts to perform, classic cars to be showed off to admirers, and other fun activities to be enjoyed by eventgoers. This year is the 38th annual Art Deco Weekend, and the dates for this year’s festivities are Friday, January 16; Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18.
Art Deco Weekend celebrates the rich and varied history of Miami Beach from the past 100 years. In that time, Art Deco architecture has become famous worldwide, heads of state and royalty have made appearances on the famed Ocean Drive, and millions upon millions of people have flocked to the island’s shores for fun and relaxation.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Miami Beach Century.” Eventgoers will be taken back to the Miami Beach of 1915, before Miami Beach and Florida became the regional powerhouses they are today. The time was simpler, yet still just as beautiful, and the men and women of 1915 were dripping with elegance. On the other end of the spectrum, eventgoers will also be treated to the sights of the Miami Beach of 2015, as the region has blossomed into the tropical paradise it is today.
There will be guided tours of Ocean Drive which leave on the half-hour between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on all three days of Art Deco Weekend. Tickets cost $25 per person and can be purchased online by going to artdecoweekend.com. Ticket sales end the day before the weekend begins. Students, seniors and the military are given a $5 discount. The classic car show will be presented on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Ocean Drive between 5th and 8th Streets. Cars from the first decade of the 20th century through to the 1980s will be on display, featuring models from collections across Florida. The Art Deco Museum (1001 Ocean Drive) will be open for people to peruse as well. The exhibit “The People of Miami Beach” will be on display for Art Deco Weekend.
Art Deco Weekend is organized and presented by the Miami Design Preservation League. For more information on them, visit mdpl.org. For more information on Art Deco Weekend, visit artdecoweekend.com.